Do you suffer from troublesome, dry skin on any area of your body? There are some amazing essential oils for dry skin that you should know about. The problem with unnatural skin products is that many you find on the market can actually increase irritation – so they do nothing for the dryness.

Many essential oils can benefit dry skin and soothe skin irritation.  When used properly, essential oils are safe to use. The best part about these oils is that you can experiment with them to see which ones work the best for you.

Where do I start?
The first step to using essential oils for dry skin is to understand how to use them. Essential oils generally must be applied in a diluted form as they are extremely potent and can actually cause irritation if not blended with a carrier oil. 

Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier or base oil, which will also provide skin-enhancing nutrients and essential fatty acids that benefit skin. Good carriers oils include almond, jojoba, apricot and coconut oil.  Almond oil is especially helpful for dry skin because it is rich in vitamin E.

What essential oils work best for dry skin?
Many essential oils have properties that nourish the skin:
    1.    Lavender Oil is commonly used for dry skin as it calms inflammation while
           normalizing skin conditions.  
    2.    Rose Hip Seed Oil contains Vitamin A, which helps to delay the effects of skin
           aging, assists with cell regeneration, and helps increase collagen and elastin levels.
    3.    Sandalwood Oil is helpful as a skin moisturizer for mature skin.
    4.    Jasmin Oil improves skin elasticity. 

You don’t have to pick just one—you can try blending them together or try them all at different times.

What other benefits can essential oils provide me with?
Along with improving the condition of your skin, essential oils can also be used to reduce stress, combat digestive problems, or even relieve symptoms of colds and flu.  Some improve insomnia and depression with their uplifting and calming effects. 

Each oil has its own unique characteristics, so do your research to find out what they can all do for your health.

Are there side effects that come with essential oils?
There can be if you don’t use them correctly.  The key is to test an essential oil before applying it to the skin in order to rule out a sensitivity or allergic reaction.  Always dilute your oils—don’t let them come in contact with your skin in the most concentrated form. 

If you have questions, concerns or doubts, consult an aromatherapist.